With opposition threatening a boycott, Museveni needs an opponent at the national presidential elections
Some things require many words and rims of paper to explain. The consequences of Gen. David Sejusa’s and former Kampala Mayor, Nasser Ssebaggala’s recent political moves do not. ‘’It is elementary, my dear Watson,’’ Sherlock Holmes, that cerebral character in Sir A. Conan Doyle’s detective stories would have said.
This presentation does not require us going into Sejusa and Co’s antecedents and antics first. Whether Sejusa is being his maverick self yet again and Sebaggala is remaining whatever you think he is, their activities have an effect on the Ugandan voter.
The Ugandan voter looking at these two gentlemen is bound to come to one or several of these conclusions: all politicians are the same; they are all in it for themselves; why bother to vote? There is no alternative; gwewalabyeko ye mwaana, which means the same thing as the devil you know (President Yoweri Museveni) is better than the angel you don’t (any other presidential candidate); nothing is likely to change.
The result of any of those conclusions is a low voter turn-out during the expected elections, widespread acceptance of the status quo, resignation and the sapping of the will to resist what is going on. Only one person, Mr Museveni, benefits from any reaction of the voter set out above.